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Heartland Builders- A New Home With Contemporary Details

Village Home Stores has the great privilege to design so many incredible kitchens in a year. Lifestyle magazines, the internet, and apps like Pinterest and Houzz have revolutionized how our customers are able to narrow down their own personal styles. Because these platforms can showcase that every project can be different from the next, our own clients are beginning to embrace a very important revelation in 2017: you don’t have to do whatever your neighbor is doing. It is your home, make it reflect you! Even in the category of New Construction homes we still can say that every single home is different from the next. Take for example, this new Colona, IL home completed by Heartland Builders:
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including black painted Koch cabinets and quartz counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

We have shared countless white painted kitchens here on the blog but this space is a refreshing contrast. Black painted cabinetry from our Koch Classic line has been installed in the full-overlay “Savannah” door. An L-shaped layout is met in the corner with a pantry and a bat-wing shaped kitchen island angles in towards the kitchen. Seating for 4 surrounds the kitchen island.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including Stainless Maytag Appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

The kitchen sink is in the very center of the island and a bar-height top blocks view into the sink from the Living Room area. Quartz tops in the “Fossil Grey” color are installed in a standard Eased edge profile. This new Maytag® french door refrigerator includes the easy-to-clean, Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel finish. The refrigerator caps the end of the kitchen area and in a small niche for the Great Room a bar area has been installed.
Bar area in kitchen including Danby glass-front beverage cooler. | VillageHomeStores.com

This space is stylish and convenient when entertaining. A glass-front beverage cooler from our Danby® line frees up space in the main refrigerator and allows hosts and guest easy access to beverages. Our Diode LED undercabinet lighting perfectly illuminates the American Olean “Appeal” glass mosaic backsplash.  This bar area has been tiled completely in the “Transcendent” mosaic. As mentioned before, the appliance package in this new home is by Maytag®.  Maytag is dependable and has the warranty to back that statement up! Each of the new Maytag® appliances in this space comes with a 10 year limited parts warranty on the main components of the unit. Stop by or call our expert appliance team at (309) 944-1344 to learn more about this warranty exclusive to Maytag®.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including Stainless Maytag Appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

The appliances include the french door refrigerator, top-control dishwasher, microwave hood, and convection gas range. Each with their own 10 year limited parts warranty and in the Fingerprint Resistant Stainless finish. We love the look of the commercial-style hardware on the handles and knobs in this sleek space.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including Stainless Maytag Appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

This kitchen has been installed within a great room that includes a living room area and dining space. The same Luxury Vinyl Tile has been installed throughout the foyer, great room, kitchen, pantry, dinette, hall, mud room, and laundry. This LVT is the “Meridain” series from our Adura click-together line in the “Steel” color. The perfect neutral sleek and stylish platform for this Contemporary styled space.
Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring by Adura in a home by Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

The lighting selections for this home are fantastic and each can stand alone as a very unique art piece! Four elongated LED pendants hang above the kitchen island. These pendants from our Kuzco line are in the Satin Nickel finish. Sometimes a big design impact can be made with a low-profile item. These long, narrow fixtures are a great example. They almost create columns to the island but are easy to see past and around in the open space.
Modern and Contemporary lighting by Village Home Stores in a Heartland Builders kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.com

A 4-light chandelier hangs in the dinette area. This light is named “Coddington” and is from our Feiss line. Talk about sculptural! We are reminded of the balance and shapes of an Alexander Calder mobile when seeing this light.
4 light Coddington chandelier by Feiss in a home by Heartland Builders. | VillageHomeStores.com

In the great room space a large 60″ ceiling fan is stunning! This fan is named “Proxima” and is from our Quorum line. The Satin Nickel finish is a perfect choice in this completed space. When turned on, it provides a lot of air flow and when the fan is turned off, it has an almost sculptural look.
Modern ceiling fan in a home by Heartland Builders including Quorum Proxima 60" ceiling fan. | VillageHomeStores.com

That corner pantry may look large enough, but open the doors and you will find that this is just a pantry front. This cabinet walk-through pantry front leads to a large walk-in pantry area. There is plenty of style AND storage in this space. New homes like this tend to have an “Open Concept” to the spaces but you need to plan for including plenty of storage options concealed from that “open” area. This walk-in pantry if perfect for food storage but also can be great for  other bulk household items.
Contemporary style kitchen in a home by Heartland Builders including a walk-through pantry front. | VillageHomeStores.com

Are you planing on building a new home soon? Perhaps considering remodeling the one that you are in? No matter what your project or budget is, we are excited to hear about it! Our award-winning team will help you determine your own personal style and create a complete design with you that reflects you and your tastes. Learn more about Heartland Builders here and be sure to reach out to us with any questions about what you have seen or read here. See the full album of photos from this project over on our award-winning Houzz page here.
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Hazelwood Homes- An Inset Instant Classic in Geneseo, IL

How can something so new already be an instant classic? Even though this Geneseo, IL home built recently by Hazelwood Homes is brand new, the look is classic. How do you achieve classic status right away? By selecting details and materials that all lend themselves to a polished, classic look without a date or trend attached to it. Take a look and see what we mean:
Kitchen in a home built by Hazelwood Homes including Dura Supreme inset cabinets and Cambria counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

Nothing about this finished space waves a flag with a year or a single trend on it. There is nothing more universally classic than a clean, white painted kitchen. With tastes and trends varying all across the country a white painted kitchen remains something we can all agree on. This Geneseo, IL family takes the look to the next level by selecting added details you will love.
White inset doors and subway tile for a classic modern farmhouse look. Expert design and material selection for your new home. | VillageHomeStores.com

Painted white cabinetry from our Dura Supreme line in the “Arcadia” door and inset construction is paired with a classic white 3″ x 6″ subway tile backsplash. The tile is from our Rittenhouse line and the “Arctic White” color is in a soft matte finish. The hardwood flooring in this great room space is gorgeous. Casa Bella’s “Baroque Oak” series in the “Marche” finish has such a depth of colors and the look is beautiful. Two countertop materials have been included in this kitchen design. The main perimeter of the kitchen has Cambria Quartz counters in the Torquay design. The polished quartz tops are a great contrast to the matte finish wall tiles. A Stainless Steel appliance suite from our KitchenAid® line looks right at home in the space. This 36″ KitchenAid® Dual Fuel 6-burner range is a hard-working investment for this kitchen.
Kitchen in a home built by Hazelwood Homes including KitchenAid appliances. | VillageHomeStores.com

With 5.1 cu. ft. total capacity and EasyConvect™ Conversion features, this range is commercial in style but easy to use. The immediate control of a gas cooktop and the consistent and efficient use of convection cooking. This range is enviable to any serious home chef but not intimidating to frozen pizza connoisseurs. Two pendants from the Feiss “Harrow” series hang above the large kitchen island. The Oil Rubbed Bronze finish is a great compliment to the dark granite top below and seeded glass gives a New Traditional look to a classic style.
Large kitchen island with brushed granite counters. | VillageHomeStores.com

The main focal point of this kitchen is the island itself. In a close second for your attention is the range and hood wall of cabinetry. A wood hood has been ordered from Dura Supreme to match the surrounding cabinetry. A beautiful mantle shelf has been applied for a classic detail and location for seasonal decor, leaning artwork, or left clear as shown.
Kitchen in a home built by Hazelwood Homes including Dura Supreme cabinets. | VillageHomeStores.com

A bold eye-catching contrast to the white kitchen is found in the large island counter. A “Black Pearl” granite top is large in size and includes an undermounted farm sink. This dark top is a bold statement but take note of another material selection detail in the granite’s finish… it isn’t polished! In place of a dark, high-gloss polished granite top the “brushed” finish has been selected. This allows the natural stone to give the look of a soapstone or slate style and texture. The installed look is softer and less formal in appearance. A slight arc has been included on the overhang of the island. This end is now ready to accommodate counter-height stools for seating in the new kitchen.
Kitchen in a home built by Hazelwood Homes including Dura Supreme inset cabinets and brushed finish granite. | VilageHomeStores.com

A detail that may go unnoticed at first glance is the style of cabinetry in this kitchen. The doors themselves are a very transitional flat-panel construction.  The detail we are speaking of is how they are not resting atop of the cabinet face frame. Instead these cabinets have been ordered in an “inset” construction. This look has been around as long as cabinet furniture-making has been. Many old homes include built-in cabinets with this same inset door concept. The next time you are near an antique piece of furniture there is a very high chance that you will find the doors are also inset. The cabinet and door all sits flush with the frame of the cabinet and this design choice takes a basic white kitchen and transforms it into an instant classic! Inset cabinetry can be ordered with a hidden hinge (like shown here) or an exposed barrel hinge. Click here to see a past kitchen feature on the blog that showcases the exposed hinge look on an inset door.
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Did you know that according to a recent Houzz survey on 2017 trends in the industry we spend nearly 3 hours a day on average in our kitchens? Yes we are socializing and entertaining but we are also many times reading, working from home, or even just watching TV. In a kitchen this stunning it would be a shame to clutter up the countertops with a TV. That is why a space was designated for a small television right above the refrigerator. With this kitchen already including inset doors, adding pocket door hardware that allows the doors to roll into the cabinet box makes the screen visible from anywhere in the kitchen without a door to block the view.
TV hidden in kitchen above refrigerator. | VillageHomeStores.com

See the full album of photos from this completed kitchen here on our award-winning Houzz page. There you can save inspiring images and collaborate with your Village Home Stores team in ideabooks using this beautiful new kitchen as inspiration. Be sure to check out Hazelwood Homes who have provided a quality building experience to fit into any budget since 1971. Don’t forget that our New Construction customers can take advantage of our Exclusive Bundle Program. On top of our Low Price Guarantee, your purchases throughout our store bundle together to get you free lighting for your new home! Find out more about this program here. Planning on building soon? Contact us today or stop in to learn more about our process. (309) 944-1344.
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Showroom Updates 2017: First Impressions

We are beyond thrilled to share our 2017 showroom updates with you here on the blog! Village Home Stores has a lot of great things planned as we move into 2017. This showroom update is a significant start! We have purchased a third storefront and added 1,200 sq. ft. of space for a brand new lighting showroom. We will show you are that complete lighting space and our remodel process later this week. Let’s begin today with a tour of our brand new front reception area:
New front desk area at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

As our business continues to grow, we have changed and adapted our customer experience so that every person that visits our store leaves feeling glad they came. Our entire showroom now is over 9,000 sq. ft. that’s a lot of product and space all in one location! You will now enter the center door off of State Street and be greeted and guided by Therese. That’s Therese in the photo above, look how happy she looks in her new desk area! She creates all of our beautiful full-color renderings for our Kitchen & Bath Design customers. She will now be the first smiling face you see whether you are shopping for a single lightbulb, a full appliances package, or an entire home of products. The back wall of this new reception area is easily one of our favorite new areas of our entire showroom. Layers of texture and a variety of materials make a big first impression.
DuChateau Wood panels in the Kaudra style and Brown Ask finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

Have you seen our new signage inside the store? It looks so amazing day and night! We gave the folks at ItsaSchmollworld our logo and they gave us this incredible metal sign! We installed it over a Dahltile Limestone named Martinique Arctic Gray. The logo is back-lit with our Diode LED lighting system.
New Village Home Stores sign made by itsaschmollworld lit with our low-voltage Diode LED lighting system. | VillageHomeStores.comOne of best benefits of using our Diode LED lighting to back-light this sign is the fact that it is low-voltage. That means we can leave this sign lit all day and all night and use very little energy for the bold statement it makes. See for yourself how amazing this back wall looks in the evening when you are passing the store. The pendant lighting flanking the logo is another  great element to the finished design.
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These pendants are from our ELK Lighting line. The series is named Gramercy. We love the schoolhouse shape to the glass and the brushed finish pairs perfect with the metal logo sign on the same wall. The wood panels behind each pendant are a unique new product we have just launched, DuChateau wall coverings. These panels are from the Kaudra series in the Brown Ash finish. We are so excited to has access to this great new product! Consider these wall coverings for a fireplace wall or as an accent wall in a Master Bedroom. Below is a moodboard of the variety of finishes included in this new front desk:
Front reception desk finishes at Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Brushed Bronze handles from our Top Knobs line add a warm matte-finish gold look which is right on trend for our industry. Two finishes and styles of DuraSupreme Cabinetry have been included in this desk design. Gray Painted cabinets in the Middleton doorstyle and paint called Moonstone. The warm gray/bronze laminated cabinets are the Talia Horizontal style in a finish named Wired Bronze. Many times the countertops selected can easily become overpowered by everything else in a complete look. These Cambria Quartz tops in the Seagrove design wrap just about every available remaining surface and command your attention!
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This installation technique is called a “Waterfall” edge. Cambria seems to spring up from the floor, wrap the cabinets and desk surfaces and cascade back down again seamlessly. The front face of the desk includes a recessed area of paneling that repeats the Wired Bronze finish from the back wall of cabinetry.
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All of this sits atop a new floor from our Marazzi line. This is a wood-look porcelain tile that will be a durable and stylish choice to hold up to the high-traffic area of the showroom. This 6″ x 36″ tile is from the American Estates series in the Natural color. If you want the look of wood but a durable and easy to clean surface, ask one of our flooring experts at Village about a wood-look tile.
Wood look Marazzi tile from American Estates series an Natural color. | VillageHomeStores.comWe have loved showing you around this beautiful new space online but as you can imagine, it makes an even better first impression in person! Your best experience with our store if you are working on a project begins with an appointment. That being said, you do not need an appointment or and excuse to stop by, look around and say hello! Consider this your open invitation. If you are ready to get started on a project with us contact us online by completing the short form at this link or call us at (309) 944-1344. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on!
Phone number for Village Home Stores in downtown Geneseo, IL (309) 944-1344

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Geneseo, IL- Sliding Barn Doors Reveal a Hidden Office

Using sliding barn door hardware on the interior of the home has continued to grow in popularity. Many times you may picture re-purposing an old barnwood door or something rustic with this concept when you hear the term mentioned. Sometimes the concept of the barn door hardware itself is a fantastic solution for a space. In the case of this pocket home office, the look is perfect! There is nothing “rustic” or “barnwood” about this finished look. Instead, the hardware itself makes the statement!
Sliding barn doors reveal a hidden home office. | VillageHomeStores.com

We understand the appeal of being able to “hide” your home office piles behind doors but with a space as stylish as this, we say leave them open as much as possible! Press play on the video below to see the barn doors open and close.

The base cabinetry offers up a stack of drawers on each side and a knee drawer across the center. A laminate countertop spans wall to wall and has been installed without a coved backplash attached.
Gray painted cabinetry in a Home Office designed by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

This leave the entire wall surface available for the shimmering and show-stopping Glazzio mosaic tile. A blend of grays, blacks, and white tiles pair with faceted mirror mosaic tiles. Even the most difficult homework assignment or bill paying that may have to happen here will seem glamorous when the backdrop is this tile!
Gray painted cabinetry and glass mosaic tile backsplash in a Home Office. | VillageHomeStores.com

Above the work surface is a center cabinet with doors and two open shelf cabinets that are home to storage baskets. A basket for each family member helps to keep messes and tasks organized. Crown molding on top and light rail molding on the bottom of this cabinet section completes the look.
Gray painted cabinetry in a Home Office designed by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.com

Small spaces like this home office are the perfect place to get creative and playful with your material choices. That mirrored mosaic tile may be too much for filling an entire kitchen but in this dose, it is perfect. Cabinet hardware is another way you can be creative. The decorative knobs for the doors add a great detail to the small space.
Decorative knob hardware for cabinetry. | VillageHomeStores.com

Sliding barn door hardware can be used in many applications. In our industry we commonly see it used to conceal pantries, wine rooms, or closets. This home office happens to be located within a large open kitchen. The finished look of these doors and the cabinetry within is so great and looks right at home in the kitchen space.
Sliding barn doors reveal a hidden home office. | VillageHomeStores.com

See the full album of photos from this home office project here over on our award-winning Houzz page. If you have a small alcove space or closet that you would like to convert to a home office like this, just reach out for an appointment and we can start the conversation. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this online contact form and someone will reach out to you as soon as possible to chat about your project. office_cabinets

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Galesburg, IL- Galley Kitchen Packed With Storage and Style

Before we tour this new kitchen, take a look at one of the before images of this home in Galesburg, IL. A “Galley” kitchen layout means that there are two parallel walls of cabinetry in a design. This kitchen has one wall that is home to the sink and refrigerator, and another that includes the range and hood. A window is located on the wall that connects the two. Ready for an update, and in need of added storage but wait… that brick looks pretty cool right? Spoiler alert: it stays! 

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The new design will more than double the available wall cabinet storage and unitize the base cabinets to their fullest. All of the wall cabinetry will also now stretch to the ceiling and be finished off with an angled crown molding.  The original brick on this wall will become a part of the design. What a unique and fun textured element for this kitchen!
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In place of a stand-alone range hood, this new hood option is mounted and surrounded by cabinetry. A suite of appliances from our Maytag® line are dependable and stylish. Full Stainless Steel kitchen appliances are not for everyone’s personal taste. A sleek, black finish with Stainless Steel accents give a great alternative to an all Stainless kitchen here. The new range includes 6.2 cu. ft. of oven capacity inside and has convection features. This range was designed, engineered, and assembled in the U.S.A. and like all new Maytag® models it comes with a 10 Year Limited Parts Warranty.  Shop appliances from Village Home Stores here at this link.

Black Maytag range with Stainless Accents. | VillageHomeStores.com

Rustic Beech cabinetry in the “Stone” stain is from our Koch Classic line. The raised-panel door is named Hastings. We absolutely love kitchen remodeling because you are truly searching for the best working solution for an existing space. It is a challenge we are always excited to accept. There is no way to add to the overall width of this kitchen. Instead, the space must be used as best as it can be. How you fill a space with cabinets depends on the needs of who will be using it. Including large drawers and slideouts for storage was the best solution for this space.
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Slideout shelves in galesburg kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comA Luxury Vinyl Tile from our Tarkett Permastone® series has been installed in a 12″ x 24″ sized tile. The color is named Sandstone Maui Sand.  Luxury Vinyl (LVT) is a great product for a kitchen area. Permastone® is made in the U.S.A. and comes with a Lifetime Limited Residential Warranty. It can be installed grouted or ungrouted. This Permastone® product was also recently ranked #1 by a leading consumer magazine, receiving excellent ratings in every flooring category and best vinyl flooring out of 12 different products. Surrounding the range on each side are large stacks of drawers perfect for pots and pans storage. On the far left side of the new range is a cabinet that opens up to reveal two slideout shelves within.

This kitchen is unique in that each wall has it’s own backsplash statement. The original brick from the kitchen ha been kept to the range wall. The texture and character the brick brings to the space gives the kitchen design a rustic feel. This is especially true when you see the knotty Rustic Beech wood characteristics in the cabinetry. Across the kitchen is a contrast of textures that help to refine the space and keep it leaning more Transitional than Rustic in style. Glossy White 3″ x 6″ Subway Tiles by Rittenhouse is accented with a mosaic deco line from Jeffery Court named Stream StoneBlanco sink in black finish. | VillageHomeStores.com

The Engineered Quartz in this design is named Tundra. It perfectly blends the cabinetry, flooring, tile, and appliances together. A Blanco undermount sink in the Black finish offers two equal-size basins and a tall center divider. The sink wall is also home to the refrigerator and dishwasher and around the corner, a dry bar has been installed. Kitchen design rendering. | VillageHomeStores.com
Gray kitchen cabinets in remodeled Galesburg, IL kitchen. | VillageHomeStores.comThe base cabinets along this wall also include optimized storage space. On the far right of the sink wall of cabinetry is a door that opens to reveal two more slideout shelves. Slideout shelves from Koch Classic can be adjusted to roll at many heights. More shelves can also be added if you have shorter items to store and could use even more of that space. In a galley kitchen layout like this, placing a garbage can along the center wall would instantly grab your eye as you enter the kitchen. Instead, a pull-out waste basket is included in the base cabinet to the right of the sink. This category of cabinet can be ordered to reveal a large single bin or two smaller bins (shown).cabinets_galesburg

houzz_albumAnother example of using a variety warm gray tones and blending a variety of textures in a space, this Galesburg kitchen remodel turned out gorgeous. Rustic touches with an upscale look. Lots of incredible storage but no sacrifice of style. See more of the images from this kitchen project here over on our Houzz profile. There you can save any ideas that you may want to include in your own project to ideabooks. Collaborate with your designer at Village Home Stores by sketching or adding text directly onto images from our portfolio. This kitchen in Galesburg, IL was remodeled completely from start to finish using the Project Management Program available at our store. From the early estimating phases to the final handle install, we managed it all. Are you wanting to remodel your kitchen or bathroom with Village Home Stores but not sure where to start? Your first step is easy, just set up an appointment with Village to start the conversation. You can do this by calling us at (309) 944-1344 or completing this online contact form on our website. We can’t wait to hear what you are working on and how Village Home Stores can help.galesburg_kitchen_remodelers

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The Village Home Show Season One: Episode Guide

Well one episode turned into three…then eventually ELEVEN EPISODES of our TV Show! Now we have wrapped our second season leaving us with NINETEEN! Your response and interest in seeing what we are working on in and around the Quad Cities has pushed us forward to become your premier kitchen and bath design destination in the Quad Cities Region. Take a moment to watch the clip below of some of the before and after stories we shared in season one:

If you missed any of these first 11 episodes you can watch them all online! Below you will find a complete list of episodes each with a brief description and a link to see the full story online.

  • Episode 1: Our very first episode of the Village Home Show! Tour two beautiful remodeled kitchens in Geneseo, IL. A visit from an expert on Cambria Quartz shares a lot of great information about this must-have product. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 2: Tour two kitchens in Bettendorf, IA that each include some wonderful appliances features. An expert from Maytag visits the studio set to share a bit about the suite of brand new Maytag appliances we installed there. You will love the hidden commander center and charging station included in one of these spaces! Click here to watch.
  • Episode 3: A before and after story of kitchen in Rock Island and a trip to Lynn Center to see a brand new home and the kitchen inside. Storage cabinetry is featured and an expert from Dura Supreme stops by to take us on a tour of our set kitchen at WQAD. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 4: Two absolutely amazing kitchens, each showcasing wonderful island designs plus see many more examples of great kitchen islands. A lighting expert joins us to show us some great ways to shed some light above your kitchen island as well! Click here to watch.
  • Episode 5: A wonderful before and after story of a kitchen we remodeled in Rock Island, Illinois. Plus we take a trip to Epic Stone in Davenport, IA to give you a tour of their location and all the wonderful options they have for natural stone countertops. A lighting expert stops by to teach us about the L.E.D. lighting system featured in many of our kitchens. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 6: Kitchen remodel stories from Rock Island and Geneseo in this episode, each with tiled backsplashes and our LED undercabinet lighting system.  A tile expert visits to discuss options and the latest trends in kitchen tile.  Click here to watch.
  • Episode 7: On this episode we share two remodeling stories of local bathrooms that each get a whole new look and layout. Plus see a wonderful system of light switches, controls, and outlets from our LeGrande line. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 8: See a kitchen remodel that is SO incredible that we use our whole episode to show you the project from beginning to end! The new kitchen features gray cabinetry from Dura Supreme, Cambria Quartz Countertops, and a stainless steel appliance package from KitchenAid. Plus and lighting and tile that will knock your socks off (which is fine because the new hardwood floors in the home are bare-feet friendly). All this plus a visit to the kitchen from two Dura Supreme experts.  Click here to watch.
  • Episode 9: A fantastic example of what “New Traditional” style looks like. Walls are removed to open up and make room for a beautiful new kitchen and a bathroom is reworked to include laundry in this Taylor Ridge home. Plus learn about new features in front-load laundry. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 10: We have a visit from a kitchen expert to discuss the different types of countertop materials to fit your lifestyle and taste. Then take a tour to one of our stone fabrication shops to see the customization process. Then watch a before and after kitchen story that includes Formica’s 180FX series with the look of a true marble counter look at a fraction of the cost. Click here to watch.
  • Episode 11: Two beautifully remodeled kitchens each featuring wonderful storage solutions and fantastic kitchen countertop selections. Tour a Geneseo kitchen remodeled to accommodate entertaining grandchildren and guests plus a Bettendorf kitchen full of angles. Click here to watch.

Thank you again and again for watching and of course to all of our amazing customers who participated in this first season. We can’t wait to share new episodes with you Sundays at 9am on WQAD News 8 beginning October 2,2016. If you have any questions about something you have seen in one of these episodes do reach out and we will be happy to chat. Call us at (309) 944-1344 or fill out our contact form here at this link.
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Geneseo, IL- Basement Bar

We don’t just create amazing kitchen and bathroom designs at Village Home Stores. There are many other types of spaces in your home that a custom design might be needed for. The home bar is a fantastic example of one of these spaces. Sometimes you really do want to go where everybody knows your name. If you are lucky enough to have a bar this amazing in your own basement…. you had better believe a LOT of folks will want to know your name! Grab a drink and let’s take a look around.Georgia Bulldogs themed bar in Geneseo, IL | VillageHomeStores.com

Home bar design by Village Home Stores.This Geneseo, IL basement bar remodel brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “nah. I think I’ll just have some friends over and watch the game here”. Why would you ever have to go out when you have this at home? Truth is… you rarely even see real taverns with as beautiful of a custom bar anymore. The barkeep here happens to be a bit of a Georgia Bulldogs fan but with a little bit of imagination you can picture it done up with your own team’s swag. Custom Rustic Cherry cabinetry has been distressed and a “Mocha” stain with “Black” accent glaze has been applied. The “Seneca” raised-panel doorstyle was used on the bar cabinetry. This raised-panel look is perfect for a Traditional styled bar created with the Koch Classic cabinetry.

Home bar featuring Georgia Bulldogs memorabilia. | VillageHomeStores.comThe main cabinets included in this home bar are only visible to the bartender himself. The most important view of this space is as a guest. The bar can comfortably seat 6 at the bar-height top and two more at the counter height top (shown above). behind those barstools are custom wainscot panels that perfectly compliment the cabinetry on the interior and back bar of the space.Wainscoting bar ideas. | VillageHomeStores.com

Shown in the image above, these wainscot panels are divided up with fluted column details and decorative wood corbel supports. As we share time and time again on this blog, details always make the design. Details you can see and appreciate plus details you can use and appreciate. Having a bar rail on the lower section of this bar helps make it really look complete. Including a bar rail on your project looks great and is so fantastic as a seated guest! Having a place to rest your feet when sitting at that height for extended amounts of time is important in making visitors feel comfortable. stainless_bar_rail

Traditional polished brass bar rail is still available but and updated look is created here by using a Stainless Steel bar rail system. Another detail that most female guests can appreciate are the purse hooks that were added just below the countertop overhang.purse_hook_on_bar

Georgia Bulldogs themed bar in Geneseo, IL. | VillageHomeStores.comThese hooks are very necessary in public establishments as a way to keep your handbag within reach and away from sticky floors. This home bar is very well kept so sticky floors are not a problem. Instead,the purse hooks are a thoughtful detail. Lets take a look at the back bar area that bar patrons can see. The wall has been fit with open shelves for bar accessories and memorabilia plus glass shelves for bottles and glassware. A 15″ wide built-in ice maker from KitchenAid provides uniform 3/4″ x 3/4″ x 1/2″ sized cubes. What looks like a tall pantry cabinet to the left of the ice maker is actually access to the real “back of the house”. Press play below to see this walk-through pantry front that is an entrance to the storage area of the lower level.

As you turn the corner, a 27″ wide built-in combination microwave and wall oven has been included in the design. With a lot of guests you will need to feed them. This microwave and oven are perfect for helping with that task. Directly across from the oven on the counter-height bar is a small 2-burner electric cooktop perfect for prepping food and serving guests. Two-burner electric cooktop. | VillageHomeStores.comThis smooth cooktop takes up a small amount of space but adds a lot of function to this area of the home bar. The countertops installed on the bar are a granite named “Saturnia”. In place of a polished look to the stone, a “brushed” finish has been used. This creates a more matte look and enhances the texture and patterns of the stone. Of course with all the food and drinks getting served at this bar you will need a bar sink. Bar sink in a home bar designed by Village Home Stores. | VillageHomeStores.comA single well Stainless Steel undermount sink is fit with a faucet and pullout sprayer. A garbage disposal button has been included to the left of the faucet. A tilt-out tray on the false drawer below the sink keeps sponges and dishrags out of sight when not in use. Of course cleaning up after entertaining is always made easier with a dishwasher. This 24″ KitchenAid is so quiet you could even have it running while entertaining. lighted_glass_shelvesKitchenAid beverage cooler in bar. | VillageHomeStores.comA mirrored back wall and glass shelves make for an impressive display for memorabilia and bottles. Glassware can also look great in this application. A colorful light system was installed behind the glass shelves to illuminate the wall in the evening. Adding mirror is a great way to open up any space. A glass-front beverage cooler is accessed near the cooktop area below the lower counter height top. This cooler from KitchenAid can be used as a built-in (shown here in our design) or freestanding. The same is true of the 15″ ice maker.Georgia Bulldogs home bar. | VillageHomeStores.comThere is an impressive amount of space behind the bar. Great storage including sliding shelves, pullout trash bins, and drawers for tools and towels. For a large crowd there is even extra seating on the interior of the bar. All this seating plus pool, shuffleboard, a game table, and a walk-out to the backyard fire pit. Why would you ever need to go anyplace else but home? Another great element are the fluted columns that stretch from the bartop to the tray ceiling. Fluted columns in a home bar. | VillageHomeStores.com

This same fluting detail can be found dividing the wainscot panels on the back of the bar. The carved wood corbel supports and fluted details are enhanced with the accent glaze that has been layered over the stain.column_detail This rich cherry wood, gorgeous granite tops,  and all of the design details create a home bar that outshines many of the public spaces opening up nowadays. We really love helping our customers make the most of their experiences at home. We love helping provide the perfect setting and creating spaces that bring people together. Cheers to these clients for welcoming us in to show you around this unforgettable home bar. custom_bar_cabinetsLooking for other great ideas for your home bar? Be sure to check out our ideabook on Houzz and our board on Pinterest for inspiration. Plus see the full album of photos from this home bar here on our Houzz page. We also want to raise a glass to Evergreen Custom Homes who installed this design and did a fantastic job. Are you ready to start the conversation about your own home bar design? Contact us today for an appointment. You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or reach out on our website and one of our designers will be in touch to start the process. Village_phone_number

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An Award-Winning Customer Experience

At Village Home Stores we take customer service very seriously. Since 1984 we have been providing expert service and quality products to our community. We are in the business of creating life-long customers. That can only happen when we put our customers and community first. Our “small business” was so thrilled recently to receive National recognition for our Appliance Service department. The United Servicer’s Association awarded our store as “Most Professional Service Company” in the 1-2 technicians categoryAppliance service - Village Home Stores

Rob Ries, Co-Owner of Village Home Stores heads up our service team that includes service dispatchers and parts administrators Amy Currier (left) and Ruth Miller (right).  Jeff Gerber (inner left) and John Moore (inner right) are our Expert Appliance Service technicians.

ASTI_awardRecently we have added a third technician to help provide our customers an even quicker award-winning service experience. We do apologize for the “Humble Brag” but for a small business like us to stand out in such a large community of servicers is exciting. Village Home Stores offers many services and we do so to a large radius of areas surrounding Geneseo, IL. We are proud of our small-town roots and can’t imagine our store being located anywhere else.

The semi-finalists for the United Servicer’s Award were selected by a panel of 5 judges and based on the 4 following areas: Technician Uniform; Service Vehicle; Company Logo: and Online Presence in Social Media. Then the finalists were selected by a group of service peers when put to a vote. No successful business should ever stop improving or learning. That is why all departments of our store attend industry conferences and trade shows whenever it is possible.trade shows

astiCo-Owner of Village Home Stores Rob Ries and Senior Service Technician Jeff Gerber were present at the Annual Service Training Institute in Miami, Florida in February to accept the award. Our staff attends many shows throughout the year. It is important for our customers to have access to anything new and up-and-coming. We also want to be sure that our staff is as knowledgeable as possible on products and trends within the categories of products we carry. Kitchen and Bath products, Lighting, Floorcovering, and Appliances are all continuously changing areas and we want you to have access to the latest and greatest.dura_training

Expert product knowledge is something our customers have come to expect from the Village Home Stores staff. Continuing training for our staff like the Dura Supreme Cabinetry training event shown above, is key to keeping our staff sharp on all that we offer. We have recently transitioned one of our current team members to act as our on-site product trainer within the store. ipads and smart TVs are also now a key part of your buying experience with our store. experts

Embracing current technology and new products and services help keep us at the very forefront of what is happening. We will never stop striving  to be your industry experts. 2015 was a pretty gigantic year for our store and 2016 is shaping up to be even better! We have already been awarded with the Best of Houzz in Customer Service for the second year in a row! Houzz.com hosts the largest residential design database in the world. Co-Owner Jim Ries (shown above with sign) was recently recognized as an early-adopter of this platform. Houzz has become an incredible tool for our staff as they work closely with customers to create and collaborate on a finished design for their own dream space. We have chosen to use our professional profile on Houzz.com to showcase our portfolio of work and a place for our customers and colleagues to review us. houzz_influencerBut that’s not all! We were also awarded with another Quad Cities Locals Love Us award in  the Custom Cabinetry category for the second year in a row. We work hard to provide an exceptional customer experience for our customers and truly appreciate this award in particular because it is based on customer voting. Thank you to anyone who was one of those voters.
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Now that your customer experience at Village Home Stores falls into the new category of “Award-Winning”, we are taking customer service even more seriously moving into 2016. If you have become one of our customers in the past 32 years we thank you so much! When you call for a service appointment, or purchase a light fixture from our store we want to count on seeing you again the next time you need anything we provide. We consider our customers as the main ingredient in our store’s community. Stop in anytime just to say “hello” to see what we are working on and what is new! Schedule your appointment for a project at (309) 944-1344 or online anytime at VillageHomeStores.com.
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Hazelwood Homes Teaches a New Home Old Tricks

This home built by Hazelwood Homes is located in Geneseo, IL and though it’s brand new, it is an instant classic! By selecting the right materials and design elements these homeowners and the team at Village Home Stores worked alongside Hazelwood to create a timeless look with plenty of modern conveniencesnew_construction_quad_cities

Inset Cabinetry:

Using inset cabinetry in place of a traditional overlay of cabinet doors may seem like a small detail but it really is what takes this kitchen to the next level. While there is an upcharge to this construction of cabinet, it can be the key element to creating this entire look. Many of the white painted kitchens you see on the covers of the magazines that greet you at the grocery checkout are inset styles.inset_doors_quad_cities

Material Choices:

The right materials can make or break a kitchen design. Another portion of the investment made by these homeowners is the use of soapstone for the countertops. Many materials were discussed and considered but in the end the best way to get the soapstone look desired was to install true soapstone in the kitchen.

kitchen ideasThe perimeter cabinets in this kitchen are from our custom Crestwood Cabinetry line in the “Alexandria” inset door style with exposed wrought iron hinges. They are a Maple wood painted with a color called “Icing” white. The countertops were natural soapstone as we mentioned above and the appliances were a package of stainless steel models from KitchenAid. The large center island is installed in a Rustic Cherry wood finished with the “Bistro” stain.

A Farm Sink:
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An apron front sink or “farm sink” has been undermounted to the new soapstone counters and matches the classic style. Modern conveniences like a touch-controlled faucet and stainless dishwasher surrounding this sink don’t look out of place but instead they are integrated into the entire design and look right at home.

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A walk-in pantry front has been installed just down from the kitchen sink en route to the bench area we have previously blogged about. In many remodel designs with similar materials we have a huge design challenge with the limited space in the existing home to work with. With this kitchen being designed within a new home we had the luxury of needed space to allow access to this large pantry area.  With a larger footprint for the kitchen design there was also plenty of space to allow for multiple users to prep and cook in. Two ovens and a microwave have all been included in the design and the large island itself can become a large workspace accessed from many sides.

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In classic inset kitchens you typically will see a handful of elements included in the design to help create this timeless look. Bringing the cabinets all the way up to the ceiling of the room adds storage but it is very important to the look as well. In  this case, the cabinet height was pulled down by about 6″ allowing space for a stacked crown molding to be applied.

cabinets_to_ceilingThis home is so beautiful and we are delighted that the owners invited us in to show it to you. Sometimes a single image in a magazine or a “pin” you see online can really strike a chord with your own personal style. Teaming up your dreams and ideas with a designer from Village Home Stores is where we can really make you dream kitchen come to life. We know all of these elements that really can create the perfect look for your space. Call or contact us today to start your project with our store! (309) 944-1344 and online at VillageHomeStores.comVillage_phone_number